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North Carolina’s unemployment rate continued to drop in December.

The rate fell by 0.1 percentage points last month, bringing the state's unemployment rate to 3.7 percent, according to North Carolina Department of Commerce numbers released on Friday.

"North Carolina is a fast-growing state, and the December employment numbers confirm that our state’s workforce remains a growing and attractive asset that companies consider when selecting a business location,” Department of Commerce spokesperson David Rhoades said.

At 3.7 percent, North Carolina’s unemployment rate is above the national rate of 3.5 percent. It is also the same rate as December 2018. 

The unemployed population decreased by 6,432 in December to 191,019, but increased overall in 2019 by 5,095.

The number of people employed in the state increased by 7,227 in December, bringing the state’s workforce to 4.9 million. For the year, more than 137,000 additional people were in jobs.

“One hundred and thirty-seven thousand more people are employed in our state than a year ago, which is good for both our citizens and for our business community,” Rhoades said.

Most of the new jobs in December were added in the leisure and hospitality services, financial and information industries.

The leisure and hospitality industry also produced the most jobs for North Carolina in 2019. More than 30,000 jobs were created in the field.

Trade, transportation and utility industries followed with 18,100 jobs added last year.

Staff Reporter

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.